Sunday, January 18, 2015
Odota: Fever Marshal (2014)
Odota is actually quite dissimilar from Talbot, which is definitely not a problem. It was just a little surprising. Where Talbot played murky doom metal, Odota plays sludge-laden black metal with a bit of a psychedelic tinge to it. It is fairly similar to the terrific Silencing Machine by Nachtmystium. The experimental elements add a lot of depth and intrigue to the otherwise straightforward black metal riffing style. The vocals are more aggressive black metal-style rasping which fits well with the music and distinguishes it from being too much like Nachtmystium.
There are some exclusively experimental tracks here, most notably "Staked Plains", that kind of drag things down a little bit. I don't really understand the desire to throw in mostly atonal, noise tracks onto albums, but then it is not my decision.
I'm not really sure if there is some sort of lyrical theme here or not. I do not have any access to any lyrics sheets, but the song titles seem to lead to the conclusion that this may be a Western-themed albums. We have words like "marshal", "horse thief", "plains", "eagle", and "rattlesnake" in each of the titles. Kind of odd choices really. I suspect this is the first ever Western-themed psychedelic black metal album in history.
I thought this was a pretty decent release. It is hard not to compare it to Jarmo Nuutre's other band, and I think it falls a bit short of Talbot. But it is a very good effort and it will be interesting to see what this band can do in the future.